Barnoldswick looked blooming belting

RHS judges Teresa Potter and Jim Leak with primary school representatives and bloom volunteers at the commemorative canal boat on Fernlea Avenue in Barnoldswick. Pic: David Whipp
RHS judges Teresa Potter and Jim Leak with primary school representatives and bloom volunteers at the commemorative canal boat on Fernlea Avenue in Barnoldswick. Pic: David Whipp

Regional Britain In Bloom judges got a warm welcome when they visited Barnoldswick on the hottest day of the year on Tuesday.

At the height of the heatwave dubbed the “Spanish plume”, the town was in full bloom as Teresa Potter and Jim Leak, from North West In Bloom, toured Barlick to judge its horticultural highlights and meet some of the volunteers helping to keep the town in tip-top condition.

“The judges seemed really impressed with Barnoldswick,” said Bloomer David Whipp.

“Flower beds looked brilliant in the summer sun, and wherever we went the town was clean and tidy. They weren’t giving anything away though and we’ll have to wait until October before we get the result.

“Please can I thank everyone who has played a part in helping to make our town so lovely, not just for judging day, but throughout the year. Volunteers in Barnoldswick do a fantastic job – I can’t praise them enough.”

At Fernlea Avenue, the judges were introduced to representatives of the four Barnoldswick primary schools who have helped create a temporary “canal boat” in the town centre.

The boat was part of a wider canal theme adopted by Barnoldswick in Bloom this year, something the group hopes will put them a cut above the rest.

David added: “This year the Leeds and Liverpool Canal celebrates its 200th anniversary.

“The bloom group has adopted the entire length of the canal through the town and has been working on improvements for the past 12 months.

“We thought the canal was a fitting theme for a special feature; the judges certainly seemed to enjoy it!”

Judges ended their tour at Greenberfield Locks where they met volunteer lock-keeper David Fitch and inspected some of the work carried out by the bloom group on the canal.

∙ With Britain in Bloom judging out of the way, Barnoldswick residents are being invited to help celebrate the contribution made towards the town’s colourful horticulture by individuals, groups and businesses.

Nominations for the Barnoldswick in Bloom Awards are open until the end of July, with entry forms available at the Rainhall Centre and Barnoldswick Civic Hall.